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Minh Le, Director, Sunshot Initiative, Dept. of Energy

The first class of Marine trainees from the Energy Department's new solar job training program graduated earlier this year. It's called the Sunshot Initiative, and its goal is to train service members as solar panel installers and other solar industry related jobs. There are three military bases and more than 200 service members involved in the initiative. Minh Le, director of the Sunshot Initiative at the Energy Department talked about the ambitious goals of the program on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tags: Minh Le , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Energy Department , solar energy , Sunshot Initiative , innovation , Technology

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:06am EDT

Marine Corp. Commandant Testifies on "Don't Ask Don't Tell"

Fighting and winning wars have to supercede other issues as the U.S. considers whether to let gays to serve openly in the military. The sentiments of the Marine Corps. Commandant during testimony before a House committee. Gen. James Conway said he supports a Pentagon assessment to lift the ban, but he said that civil rights ultimately would have to take a back seat if it meant tampering with the military's ability to protect the country. Conway is viewed by some as the most resistant to repealing "Don't Ask Don't Tell."

Tags: Technology , Pentagon , James Conway

Wednesday - 02/24/2010, 07:21pm EST

Navy Blamed for Fatal Midair Crash

A failure by Navy air traffic controllers to follow standard procedures contributed to a midair collision that killed seven Coast Guard members and two Marines off Southern California last year, according to a Coast Guard report released Tuesday. The Associated Press says controllers at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, near San Diego, failed to notify the pilot of a Coast Guard C-130 plane that four Marine helicopters were in the area. The Marine flyers were also unaware of the Coast Guard plane's presence. The report said there is no single reason or person to blame for the crash on the night of Oct. 29, 2009. It made a series of recommendations to improve safety in the largely unregulated airspace.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Navy , Coast Guard

Wednesday - 08/25/2010, 04:22pm EDT

Fallen Marine's funeral today in Frederick

Frederick and Washington counties will today say goodbye to Marine Lance Cpl. Maung "Sam" Htaik, 20, who was killed in combat in Afghanistan on Jan. 1.

Tags: Maung "Sam" Htaik , Smithsburg High School , Funeral , Afghanistan

Saturday - 01/08/2011, 11:19am EST

DoD leaders clash on 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'

Josh Gerstein, a reporter for POLITICO, joined the DorobekINSIDER to discuss the latest development in the debate over the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.

Tags: Josh Gerstein , Politico , Don't Ask Don't Tell , military , DoD , Robert Gates , James Amos , Commandant , gay rights , Dorobek Insider

Tuesday - 11/09/2010, 04:23pm EST

Advanced Container Security Device Project

The Department of Homeland Security has embarked on a project to develop an advanced sensor system for monitoring shipping containers from their point-of-storage to release in the maritime supply chain. The Advanced Container Security Device (or ACSD) is a small unit that attaches to the inside of a container and monitors all six sides for any intrusion or the presence of human cargo. If the device detects such an intrusion or presence it transmits alarm information through the Marine Asset Tag Tracking System to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The ACSD will also build in a standard plug-and-play interface so that other security or commercial sensors (such as those measuring radiological, chemical, or biological factors) can be easily integrated through a standard interface. 40 prototype systems have been delivered, tested and evaluated. This fiscal year, the project plans to remedy shortfalls discovered during prototype testing and put improvements in place.

Tags: Technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology Report , DHS , Customs , Scott Carr

Monday - 08/30/2010, 07:35pm EDT

Former Marine Gets Life

You may remember the story of a pregnant Marine who was murdered at Camp Lejune in December of 2007. A jury on Monday convicted a former Marine of first-degree murder in the death of Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, 20, of Vandalia, Ohio, in December 2007. Cesar Laurean, 23, of Las Vegas faces life in prison without parole. He was also convicted of theft and fraud charges.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Cesar Laurean , J.J. Green

Tuesday - 08/24/2010, 06:08pm EDT

Frederick Marine reservists welcomed home

Navy Hospital Corpsman HM2 (FMF) Chris Schumacher walked off a bus Saturday evening into a sea of people waiting for the local Marine reserve company to return home.

Tags: Chris Schumacher , Marine reservist

Sunday - 05/30/2010, 11:33am EDT

From educator to Marine

Tags: management

Friday - 04/10/2009, 06:55pm EDT